Recipe by Alan in SW Florida
If you enjoy diner tuna-melt sandwiches, you'll love the taste of this. To save time, use packaged frozen broccoli florets. Jarlsberg Swiss cheese works nicely in this casserole.
- 1 (16 ounce) package corkscrew macaroni or 1 (16 ounce) package shell pasta
- 3 cups broccoli florets
- 2 tablespoons butter or 2 tablespoons margarine
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 3⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 4 cups milk (reduced-fat 2% milk is fine)
- 6 ounces swiss cheese, shredded (1 1/2 cups)
- 3 (6 ounce) cans albacore tuna in water, drained and flaked
- 2 medium tomatoes, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
Directions See How It's Made
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. In a large saucepot, cook pasta in boiling salted water for 5 minutes; add broccoli to pasta and cook another 5 minutes or until broccoli is tender and pasta is al dente. Drain well and return to saucepot; set aside.
- Meanwhile, in a 3-quart saucepan, melt butter or margarine over low heat. Stir in flour, salt, and pepper until blended and cook, stirring constantly, 1 minute. Gradually stir in milk; increase heat to medium-high and cook, stirring occasionally, until mixture thickens and boils. Boil 1 minute, stirring frequently. Remove saucepan from heat and stir in 1 cup of cheese until blended.
- Add cheese sauce and tuna to pasta and broccoli in saucepot; toss until evenly mixed. Transfer mixture to a 13"x9" glass baking dish. Arrange tomato slices on top, overlapping if necessary. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup cheese.
- Cover baking dish with foil and bake 20 to 25 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Makes 6 main-dish servings.